Case: Drilling a curved hole is hard – printing it isn't

The optimized coolant flow of the Seco clamp improves the life of the tool and provides a higher level of chip control, which also contributes to productivity improvements

The Seco Tools coolant clamp attaches to the cutting edge of industrial turning heads. Coolant flows through the clamp, cooling the cutting edge and controlling the waste chips produced.

Additive manufacturing allows an improved design for easier insert indexing and handling, which reduces down-time and boosts productivity. Curved internal channels – which would be impossible to drill but possible to print – improve high-pressure coolant flow to the cutting edge.

We see many more opportunities with the unique AM-technology for other parts of our product program.

Additive manufacturing (AM) also means that multiple jet hole sizes are easily supported. The resulting optimized coolant flow improves the life of the tool and provides a higher level of chip control, which also contributes to productivity improvements. Printing the logo as part of the component turns an otherwise cosmetic feature into a support structure.

Facts

Outcome
Productivity-increasing cooling clamps for JET GL-turning heads

Designers
Per Viklund, Jonas Thuresson and Andreas Larsson

Material
Osprey™ 18Ni300 maraging steel

Additive manufacturing technology
Powder Bed Fusion Laser

Post processing
Tumbling and blast finishing

Many advantages

The AM-version of the cooling clamps of the Seco JET GL Turning Heads offers many advantages. Quick and easy insert indexing reduces down-time and improves productivity. It also makes it possible to apply the high-pressure coolant straight to the cutting edge, which improves both tool life and chip control.

"We see many more opportunities with the unique AM-technology for other parts of our product program," says Jonas Thuresson, Senior R&D Engineer – Turning Products, Seco Tools.